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Public Walk and cycle routes inside the Mersey Tunnels

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Dear Merseytravel,
Can you confirm whether there are plans to open the tunnels, or provide a free alternative, to people on foot and on bike?

If there are no plans is there a reason behind this?

Yours faithfully,

Louis Castell

Information Management,

Dear Louis
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Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Merseytravel. Please use the
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Dear Louis


Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information
Act. Please find Merseytravel’s response to your enquiry below.


[1]Section 9 of the Mersey Tunnels byelaws are concerned with the type of
vehicles not permitted through the Tunnels. In addition, on our the
website it states


Bicycles are not permitted through the Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel. Through
the Queensway (Birkenhead) Tunnel, they are not allowed between the hours
of 6am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, 7am to 8pm on Saturday and 8am to 9pm on
Sunday. Please note, the time limits during a Sunday are only operational
between 1st April and 30th September inclusive.


The restrictions are in place due to safety reasons; the walkways in the
tunnels are specifically for maintenance and emergency purposes, and
opening them to pedestrians would create a undue risk. Similarly, the
volume of traffic (at all times in the Kingsway and during the day in the
Queensway) does not lend itself to safe cycling.


There are no plans to change these arrangements in the immediate future.
Cyclists and pedestrians can cross the river using Merseyrail or Mersey
Ferries services.


I trust that this information is of interest to you.


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Andy Henderson


Senior Information
Management Officer |
Merseytravel | Mann
Island, PO Box 1976,
Liverpool, L69 3HN

Office: 0151 330 1679 |
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